Rural pursuits take centre stage at Hamsterley fundraiser

COUNTRY LIFE: Sheepdog  trials, vintage tractors and tasty country cuisine are among the treats on offer at Hamsterley Hoppings

COUNTRY LIFE: Sheepdog trials, vintage tractors and tasty country cuisine are among the treats on offer at Hamsterley Hoppings

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SHEEPDOG trials, vintage tractors and tasty country cuisine are among the treats on offer at an annual a fundraising event this weekend.

Now in its eighth year, Hamsterley Hoppings is one of the fastest growing fundraising events in Teesdale, County Durham.

And this year, the 30-strong organising committee and a team of volunteers, including Bishop Auckland Air Training Corps cadets, will pull out all the stops to make it a day to remember.

Chairwoman Claire Hunter said: “We are looking forward to a great day, with something for everyone - once again a lot of hard work by the team here in Hamsterley has put together what we think will be the best Hoppings yet.

“From Sheepdog trials, to Drum Bands Classic Cars, Vintage Tractors and Hog Roast stall – it promises to be a fantastic day.”

Since its launch, the event, on Hamsterley village green, has raised just under £15,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance, £7,000 for Butterwick Hospice and has made significant donations to Help for Heroes, Children’s and Diabetes Foundation and Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue team.

This year, all proceeds will be donated to Butterwick Hospice and the mountain rescue team.

Other highlights will include dog agility, traditional village green games, golf, football, children’s fancy dress, pet show and homemade cakes and savouries in Hamsterley Village Hall.

The event takes place from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, August 24,and will be opened by millionaire John Elliott, of Newton Aycliffe-based Ebac.

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